Horse Brass Buckfast Abbey Devon England Mint 2008 Historic Abbey
This is a souvenir tourist horse brass made by the religious community of Buckfast Abbey, Devon England as a fund raiser in their gift shop.
The horse brass depicts the Buckfast Abbey church which is gorgeous. The original community was founded in the 1200s, destroyed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution and then rebuilt in the 1960s by 6 brothers who were gifted with the land again. Amazing!
We stopped there to have a cream tea in the tea room between antique markets in Dartmouth and Paington.
The horse brass measures 3.25 inches high by 3 wide and besides having a nice image is noteworthy for the meticulous finishing and almost mirror back from the careful polishing.
Horse brasses were developed in the 17th century to decorate and identify draft horses. They are a popular collectible today. In England you see them decorating the beams in pubs and hanging by the fireplace in homes or even as ornaments on Christmas trees!.